Current status2019
Short term status2015 - 2019
Long term status

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Under development

Biodiversity is a core component of sustainable development, underpinning the development of the Irish economy and prosperity of Irish society.  Consequently, all public bodies can play an important role in conserving biodiversity.  Action 1.4 of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan, Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016, aimed to include in legislation a biodiversity duty on public bodies to ensure that conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are taken into account in all relevant plans, programmes and new legislation. 

More recently, under the 'Our Seeds for Nature' conference chater of the 2019 National Biodiversity Conference: New Horizons for Nature, the Dept. Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht committed to "Promote draft legislation introducing a biodiversity duty which will place a requirement on public bodies to embed biodiversity in carrying out their functions as to promote or restore nature."

Enacting a biodiversity duty will mainstream biodiversity protection into decision making at national, regional and local scales.  Once enacted, this indicator will track the number plans, programmes or new legislation including a statement on biodiversity duty. 

The National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 can be found here:

https://www.npws.ie/legislation/national-biodiversity-plan

The 'Our Seeds for Nature' conference charter of the 2019 National Biodiversity Conference: New Horizons can be found here:

https://www.biodiversityconference.ie/seeds-for-nature

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Number of government policies, programmes and legislation with a statement on biodiversity duty

Legislation on 'biodiversity duty' to support public bodies in ensuring that conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are integrated into all relevant plans, programmes and new legislation is currently in development. Once in place, this indicator will track the level of implementation of a biodiversity duty across the public sector.

Created: 2015-11-11 13:13:50 | Updated: 2019-05-17 12:54:21